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Body odour and bad breath, no excuse for it!

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My gripe is people who share their unpleasant bodily odours and exhalations with those of us who don't wish to participate.  If you've ever been on the tube on a hot day and had to stand squashed up to half a dozen other people you'll probably have run into type of person I'm talking about.

people who don't take the trouble to wash themselves or their clothes, or use deodorants or toothpaste.

I mean of course people who don't take the trouble to wash themselves or their clothes, or use deodorants or toothpaste.  I don't know about anyone else but I find this absolutely disgusting to be honest.

I realise that we all have the right to be dirty slobs if we want to and I exercise this right too, when I am at home on my own or when I go camping or climbing.  But when I am sharing space with others, in offices, public transport or even just walking in the street, I make sure that my personal hygiene cannot be called into question.

Body odour and bad breath It's a question of respect for oneself, as much as for others.  I find it quite ironic that we often say that 'so and so suffers from BO (body odour)', whereas in fact it's those around that person that ACTUALLY suffer from the bad smell.

people who have bad breath are the same ones that come really close to others when they talk

It also often seems to be the case that people who have bad breath are the same ones that come really close to others when they talk!  This is something I find particularly unpleasant, does anyone else feel the same way?

By: Mike Preston


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hairyfairy

hairyfairy

I can relate to all these comments about smelly people on public transport, but just imagine what it would be like to have to live with people like that. Iv`e lived in hostels & other communal spaces in the past, & many of the other residents, including my room mates, were some of the smelliest, dirtiest creatures you could come across. Fortunately I live on my own now, so I don`t have to put up with other people`s filthy habits any longer.
hairyfairy
10th May 14 12:21

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Ming mang moo

Ming mang moo

No excuse. Sort it out. Roll on £1.39, toothpaste £1 and a mouthwash £3 = £5.39 isn't going to bankrupt you smelly folk is it?
Ming mang moo
22nd Apr 11 22:19

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little jay

little jay

Anyone out there been unlucky enough to have been sat near someone on a bus/train with REALLY bad b.o? I was last summer. Sat near a real stinky man (who didn't know what deodorant was). I was nearly sick! Spray yer armpits ya smelly f**ker!!
little jay
18th Jun 10 01:35

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Tallulah

Tallulah

I have hyperhidrosis, so I sweat excessively. By excessively, I mean I can drink 10 litres of water a day and still be dehydrated. No antiperspirant, even the really top quality liquid nightly ones can stop this from occurring. My only options is botox in my sweat glands, which is not covered by the NHS and wears off, or a very dangerous operation involving deflating a lung and severing a nerve, and I have yet to find a surgeon willing to do it.

To combat this, I take several cans of body spray with me to give myself a quick once over from time to time while I'm out.
Tallulah
18th Jun 09 05:01

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Terry

Terry

Brush your teeth and have a wash. That's a good start to the day.
Terry
22nd May 09 17:58

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MikeP

MikeP

Sorry Lydia but you've written an utter load of drivel.

"I agree with you that body odour and bad breath smell unpleasant. But isn't that a given?"
So why mention it?

"Some people have genuine issues which can cause this,"
Issues? What the hell is an 'issue'? What you mean is that they are dirty.

"If you are lucky enough not to be suffering from BO problems (which everyone does to some extent, though some people just have it worse than others),"
The more you wash the less you'll have BO. And by the way it's not the stinker that suffers, it's those around him or her.

Most people who smell need to pay more attention to their hygiene. There are exceptions and those very few people I feel sorry for, but don't make excuses for people who are too lazy and inconsiderated to use soap and water.
MikeP
9th Jan 09 22:06

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Lydia :)

Lydia :)

I agree with you that body odour and bad breath smell unpleasant. But isn't that a given? Some people have genuine issues which can cause this, and your comments, along with those of otherscan make the sufferers feel very self-conscious. If you are lucky enough not to be suffering from BO problems (which everyone does to some extent, though some people just have it worse than others), can you imagine, just for a minute, what it must be like to know that you smell and that your peers are aware of this & also comment on your smell, but cannot do anything about it?
Lydia :)
9th Jan 09 20:12

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MikeP

MikeP

"Darling, only the common trash and riff-raff travel by tube nowadays."

Tube? What's that?
MikeP
22nd Oct 08 06:52

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The Dandy Highwayman

The Dandy Highwayman

Arsi - good nickname, because you are one by the sounds of it. Some of us common people who uphold and nurture the country you live in have to travel by public transport because we can't all sit at home on our arsi.
The Dandy Highwayman
22nd Oct 08 00:33

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Arsi

Arsi

Darling, only the common trash and riff-raff travel by tube nowadays. Would be seen dead on one of them.
Arsi
21st Oct 08 22:07

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Progger

Progger

Biggest problem is garlic. Many people who eat this (difficult to escape these days) reek of it for up to 2 days afterwards. Only cure is to eat it yourself, compounding the problem for us non-garlic eaters. Give me sweat any day.
Progger
21st Oct 08 20:33

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Lee

Lee

All this leads back to hygene in the public today, which is virtually in most places and cases, ZERO, they don't care about their hygene. And whenever I go out I always wear leather gloves whenever I touch anything, and I always wash my hands when possible, and I am still at school and again I wear gloves when walking around school opening doors etc, and again always wash my hands. Some people may say this is obsessive compulsive but other peoples p**s taking doesn't bother me, I jusy know I'm less likely to fall ill than other more dirtier people, and I'm not saying people who don't wear gloves and wash their hands regually are dirty it's just rather unhygenic in my own eyes.
Lee
19th Feb 08 19:20

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d k

d k

I feel sorry for their wives or husbands assuming they dont share the same love of BO I mean it smells really putrid enough to make your taste buds curl up and die screaming mercy with their cloths on filtering the smell. just imagine what it would be like without yuck.
d k
18th Feb 08 19:05

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JB

JB

I can actually go along with that one about women who wear too much perfume. I remember having an interview once and this lady, who was nice enough, was wearing half a bottle of some sickly perfume. I almost couldn't breathe because it was quite a small room anyway. I have quite a sensitive nose at the best of times and I think this person obviously had the exact opposite. Imagine walking through the perfume section in a department store except much worse!
JB
11th Feb 08 10:31

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JJ

JJ

While on the same theme, what about WOMEN who use TO MUCH perfume/deodorant.

You know the type, you walk past and can cut the air with a knife, and can taste it.
JJ
10th Feb 08 04:33

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